It's Naturally Nutrient Rich
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that people consume nutrient dense foods and beverages more often.¹ One serving of 100 percent orange juice is more nutrient dense than many commonly consumed 100 percent fruit juices.²
It Helps Increase Fruit Intake
A key recommendation of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is to increase fruit intake. Based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), at least 75 percent of Americans did not meet MyPyramid intake recommendations for total or whole fruit.³ One (8-ounce) glass of 100 percent orange juice provides half of the USDA-recommended daily fruit intake for most adults, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
It Provides Needed Nutrients
One 8-ounce serving of 100 percent orange juice is a good source of potassium and folate and an excellent source of vitamin C. These are three important nutrients that are underconsumed in the United States, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Enjoying a glass of 100 percent orange juice is a simple step toward meeting your nutrient recommendations.
It Contains No Added Sugars
One hundred percent orange juice has no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that people choose 100 percent juice over sugar-sweetened beverages.
It Can Be Enjoyed As Part of a Healthy Diet
One hundred percent orange juice can easily be enjoyed as part of a healthy eating plan. Research suggests that for most children, intake of 100 percent fruit juice is not associated with increased adiposity when consumed in amounts appropriate for age and energy needs.4
It Helps Promote Heart Health
Clinical studies suggest that regular consumption of citrus fruits and juices, such as 100 percent orange juice, as part of a healthy diet, may help support healthy cholesterol levels, healthy blood vessels and healthy blood pressure and help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
It May Help Support a Healthy Immune System
An 8-ounce serving of 100 percent orange juice provides 100 percent or more of the Daily Value for vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that may help support a healthy immune system.
Eight ounces of 100 percent orange juice is a good source of potassium and contains organic acids like citrate. The combination of these compounds may help your body neutralize acidity. Higher levels of acidity could lead to loss of calcium from bone. An 8-ounce serving of calcium-fortified orange juice can be considered an excellent non-dairy, lactose-free source of calcium.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 2010.
- Rampersaud GC. A comparison of nutrient density scores for 100% fruit juices. Journal of Food Science. 2007;72(4):S261-S266.
- Krebs-Smith SM, Guenther PM, Subar AF, Kirkpatrick SI, Dodd KW. Americans do not meet federal dietary recommendations. Journal of Nutrition. 2010;140(10):1832-1838.
- O’Neil CE, Nicklas TA. A review of the relationship between 100% fruit juice consumption and weight in children and adolescents. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2008;2:315-354.